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Friday, June 26, 2015

Bend-La Pine Schools accepts $1.9 million offer on Troy Field

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:57 PM

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The Bend-La Pine School Board has accepted a $1.9 million offer on its Troy Field property in downtown Bend. The 0.8 acre patch of grass on NW Bond's sale to Portland-based Brownstone Development is contingent on the removal of the public facilities designation, according to Brian Fratzke of Fratzke Commercial, who brokered the sale. 

The school board received a total of five offers, primarily from developers but also including a rejected offer from the City, Fratzke says. The Brownstone offer was initially received in April, he notes, but the board held onto it to give public entities an opportunity to make offers of their own.

"There was no interest at the price we needed to get the deal done," Fratzke explains.

Though the development company is based in Portland, he says they have expressed a desire to use local engineers, architects, and contractors.

School board co-chair Nori Juba says the development project is expected to create about 50 jobs. Both Juba and Fratzke say they believe the development will be residential in nature, but are not sure on the specifics. 

The future of Troy Field has been a point of contention, with some community members (and a majority of Source readers polled) arguing that the field should remain green space. 

"From the school board perspective, one thing we’d loike the community to know is that we heard the community, and we respect everybody's expressed interest in different intended use for the property," Juba says, "but we have a pretty pressing need to raise money for new schools."

The Source will continue to follow this story. 
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Friday Mixtape: Campaign Song Denied

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:36 AM

By: Josh Gross

Donald Trump just launched his "I'm totally serious you guys," campaign for president. Before he spoke a single word of his announcement speech, he had already stepped in it, because the song he chose to enter to was Neil Young's "Rocking in the Free World." Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, emailed this response to Mother Jones magazine: "Donald Trump's use of 'Rockin' in the Free World' was not authorized. Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of Bernie Sanders." Young, we assume, was too busy doing a spit-take to respond himself.

But the Donald doesn't stand alone. American political history is packed with musicians denying politicians their choice of songs, everything from Tom Petty informing Michelle Bachman she's not his idea of an "American Girl," to Heart denying Sarah Palin access to "Barracuda," to that time Ronald Reagan really didn't understand what Bruce Spingsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." was about.

Sounds like a mixtape to us.

Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/1SKwb0S

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 6/24/15

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Mixtape: Like a Rolling Stone

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

By Josh Gross

I recently read an article in Rolling Stone about 20 albums critics loved in the 1970s, but that you've probably never heard of. They were right. I hadn't heard most of them, which is as good a reason to make and share a mixtape as any. So here it is, featuring tunes from albums by artists like Mitch Ryder, Kate Hudson's father, Paul McCartney's brother, a proto-band version of Electric Light Orchestra, and more.

Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/1dKBsGf

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

OSU-Cascades plans to break ground on 10-acre campus by month's end

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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OSU-Cascades announced today that it plans to begin construction on the contested 10-acre westside campus once it receives the necessary permits from the City. Officials say they anticipate getting permits for construction activities such as excavation and tree removal during the last week of June.

Though citizen-led opposition group Truth in Site has indicated it plans to appeal the recent decision by the Land Use Board of Appeals affirming the approval of OSU's site plan, university officials say they are confident the Court of Appeals will uphold the past three approvals of their plan. 

“OSU carefully reviewed the June 8 decision by LUBA affirming OSU-Cascades' site plan approval for a 10.44-acre campus in Bend,” OSU Vice President Becky Johnson said in a release. “The LUBA decision fully and strongly affirmed the city of Bend's approval of this site plan.”

And the university is within its rights to move forward with construction even when an appeal is pending.

“Under local code and state law, development is allowed to continue while an appeal is pending," Johnson said. “Oregon State is confident that significant construction progress can be made while a potential appeal is being considered and still allow the university to adjust to changes that could result from an unlikely remand or reversal by the Court of Appeals.”

First on the list: a 43,650-square-foot academic building and a 113,000-square-foot residence hall and dining center complex, along with the related infrastructure—streets, pathways and parking.

The hope is that by starting construction this summer, OSU-Cascades will be able to open the fully-fledged four-year campus in fall of 2016.

In the meantime, Truth in Site is soliciting donations from supporters to raise $27,000 before June 29 to fund the next appeal.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 6/17/15

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Friday, June 12, 2015

A new water feature at Pine Nursery Park—or overactive sprinklers?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 2:20 PM

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Today, we received an email from a reader concerned about the use of water at Pine Nursery Park. Michael Rich, an employee of the U.S. Forest Services (whose local office neighbors the park), took a short video that appears to show sprinklers watering large swaths of pavement and creating ponds in landscaped areas.

"I feel that if residents are expected to curtail water usage, our City should also be expected to cut back 10% and be a leader and example of water conservation," he wrote. "The watering of parking lots does not demonstrate this to me as a citizen."

He reached out to the Bend Park and Recreation District and was advised that while the park is trying to establish some new plantings,  watering the parking lot "should not be part of the program."

Read Rich's email to BPRD and the response from Michelle Healey, the district's director of strategic planning and design.

From Michael Rich:

I am an employee at the US Forest Service office and today on my bike ride through the park I observed over watering at the north parking lot of Pine Nursery park. Please see attached video link.

https://plus.google.com/117632251537255958214/posts/Qkf6JVmA29u

In a recent local newspaper article concerning water usage, it stated:
"Governor Kate Brown recently declared a drought emergency in Deschutes County. Following that declaration, the City of Bend issued a Stage 1 Water Curtailment Alert, encouraging residents—and large water users in particular—to reduce their water usage by 10 percent."

I feel that if residents are expected to curtail water usage, our City should also be expected to cut back 10% and be a leader and example of water conservation. The watering of parking lots does not demonstrate this to me as a citizen.

I believe either replacement of the watering heads or adjusments to their watering application can easily remedy the situation. My preference would be low flow or water conserving heads of some type. On a bigger picture, I would like to see the City's parks (and not just Pine Nursery but all of them) install more xeriscape vegetation and less of the grasses, flowers, shrubs that demand more water. I know that was done with intention directly around Pine Nursery, but such as the parking island example in the video, I find it unfortunate that tax money was spent to install the watering system components for the parking islands, the planted vegetatation and the water consumed by the City, when a xeriscape island model would have zero water consumption cost and less installation cost in the first place.

I have been a huge supporter of the Pine Nursery park since inception and since becoming a "neighbor" at the Forest Service. I enjoy the park often, and have seen the tremendous efforts and changes that do in fact over shadow this complaint. Keep up the great work.

To summarize, as a homeowner and taxpayer within BPRD tax district I would like to see this issue addressed and notified when it has been rectified.

Thank you for your time and attention in the matter.

Michelle Healey responded:

Good afternoon Mr. Rich,

Thank you for taking the time to record the video and send in your thoughts.

We currently have a contractor onsite at Pine Nursery trying to establish new plants as part of the recent construction out there. Plant establishment does require more water up front, but watering the parking lot should not be part of the program. The overall watering needs for those newly planted areas should go down as the plants become established. In the meantime, I’ll ask the Construction Manger to look into what can be done to address the over spraying that you documented.

I really appreciate your thoughts and feedback on xeriscaping too. 

To which Michael Rich replied:
Good afternoon Michelle, Don, et al
Thank you for your prompt replies, I appreciate your answers. I understand new plant establishment requires more water. However, as noted in the video, there is a large puddle forming in the basin of the island. What plant species are we trying to establish that requires +6 inches of standing water?

I understand this may be a one time or project phase oversight, and that this is not a widespread problem throughout the City's parks. However, this is not a first time occurrence I have witnessed in the last 12 years living here. And more importantly, I feel addressing the long term vision of the park's plant species selection for landscaping is an equal concern and that more emphasis towards xeriscape and drought tolerant species be selected.

Don, Michelle, Thank you for taking the time to hear my concerns and replying directly. I appreciate the actions you will take.

Thank you all for your time and consideration. 
We reached out to Bend Park and Recreation but have not yet received a reply.

What's your take? Have you noticed overwatering at other parks or public spaces?
    
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Shevlin Park fire contained, evacuation orders lifted

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in Shevlin Park is officially contained as of midnight. The blaze, which was first reporter by a hiker just before 1:30 pm, grew from less than one-tenth of an acre to about 10 acres in the first two hours. Bend Fire issued a Stage 1 Evacuation Order for the 3 Pines and Shevlin Commons subdivisions, which has since been lifted. 

At the height of the wildfire, 19 units from different agencies—including the Oregon Department of Forestry and Deschutes National Forest—were on the scene and wildland fire task force was activated. Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe told reporters that the Shevlin Park fire crept into areas that burned in 1990's Awbrey Hall Fire.

"We're talking about 25 years worth of fuel," Howe said.

The Awbrey Hall fire burned more than 3,000 acres and destroyed 22 homes.

By late afternoon, firefighters were "cautiously optimistic" they could contain the blaze to 8-10 acres. Because the fire occurred just days after the official start of fire season, more resources were available to fight the fire than there might be later in the season.

Smoke from the fire could be seen and smelt across town. Below are a few shots from Mt. Washington Drive.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Breaking: Firefighters responding to brush fire in Shevlin Park

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 2:39 PM

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The Bend Fire Department reports that they are responding to a brush fire in Shevlin Park. The public is being urged to stay away. Here's the latest from Battalion Chief Dave Howe:
There is a brush fire. ¼ acre in size and growing, burning just downstream from Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park. The fire is burning in the canyon of Tumalo Creek in moderate fuels. Oregon Department of Forestry, Deschutes National Forest personnel and the Bend Fire Department are currently on scene. They are applying water to the fire and using dozers to build fire line.

We are asking people to stay away from the area. Deschutes County Deputy Sheriffs are closing Shevlin Park Road at the 3 Pines subdivision so that crews can operate more effectively and safely.

Are you in the area? Let us know what you are seeing and hearing.

Updates to follow:

According to Bend Fire, the fire was first reported by a hiker at 1:27 pm. It grew from about one-tenth of an acre to more than 10 acres within two hours.

A Stage 1 evacuation notice (essentially a heads up) has been issued for the Three Pines and Shevlin Commons subdivisions. There are scattered homes in the area, but no structures are currently involved.

The fire is on both sides of Tumalo Creek, with sparks being carried by wind. A wild land task force has been activated for additional support. The affected area in near the water intake downstream from Aspen Hall.

The fire does not yet have an official name. For now, follow #ShevlinParkFire.

Update 4:54 pm:

The fire is currently holding at about 8-10 acres, firefighters "cautiously optimistic" they can contain current size. #ShevlinParkFire
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crossword Puzzle Answers 6/10/15

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Land Use Board upholds OSU-Cascades decisions, appeal likely

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:37 PM

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OSU-Cascades has cleared another legal hurdle, allowing the university to move forward with construction on its new 10-acre campus on Bend's west side. That is, unless and until the opposition group Truth in Site sets another one on the track.

The Land Use Board of Appeals ruled Monday to uphold the previous decisions of Bend City Council and a Deschutes County hearings officer approval the site plan for OSU-Cascades' 10-acre campus. 

“This represents a victory for higher education in Central Oregon and is particularly significant for our current and future students,” said Becky Johnson, OSU-Cascades vice president, in a release. “We will build a westside campus that integrates well within the community.”

But members of the Truth in Site Coalition don't see it that way. They are concerned about the impact of a westside campus on traffic, parking, and housing and feel that OSU-Cascades ought to be required to submit a master plan for a hypothetical second expansion involving property the university does not currently own.

Still, even with the delays and despite the continued absence of a new campus, OSU-Cascades will welcome its first freshman class in September. The so-far unsuccessful legal challenges have delayed groundbreaking by more than a year. 

Johnson says that the university will continue to engage with the community as it moves closer to realizing the new campus. 

“As we move to the next step, we will continue to invite and address the public’s thoughts and concerns,” she says. 

But it appears that members of the Truth in Site Coalition will continue to share their thoughts and concerns through the legal system.

Truth in Site Coalition attorney Jeff Kleinman tells the Source he recently received the decision and was just sitting down to read it.

"I would anticipate an appeal to the court of appeals," Kleinman says.

Truth in Site spokesman Scott Morgan has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Read the full decision here.
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Friday, June 5, 2015

PSA: Eat Free Donuts on National Donut Day

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 10:59 AM

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with this important message: It's National Donut Day. 

Now, we know all these days are often marketing ploys to promote a product—in this case, deep fried dough with frosting, filling, sprinkles, and other delicious accompaniments. But we are nothing if not hungry. And on this particular day, at least one local donut shop is prepared to assist the donut-deprived masses.

Sweetheart Donuts (210 SE 3rd St.) is giving out free donuts today (one per person) until 2 pm, or until they sell out.

Plus, the local donut shop says the National Donut Day has its roots in a patriotic tradition (and who are we to argue with patriotism?).
We invite you to join us as we help celebrate National Donut Day and honor the “Donut Lassies” who served traditional cake donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Founded in 1938 in the City of Chicago, National Doughnut Day is actually a patriotic remembrance of a time when Salvation Army volunteers handed out doughnuts on the front lines to soldiers. When the soldiers came home they brought their nostalgic donut memories with them fueling the donut industry as we know it today.

The donut continues to be a comfort food served by the Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.
You don't say. We'll eat (donuts) to that!

Have you heard of other shops giving a way free donuts? Let us know in the comments.
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